So I been reading blackhat for a while now and I feel that there are soooooooo many newbs asking misdirected questions. Basically threads expecting riches overnight, where misguided newbs often fail before they even get started. Lots of "desperation" threads, unrealistic expectations, and downright people asking to get spoon fed. As someone who has made his living for the past 6 years doing this, I decided I'd start a thread (and hope others would contribute) advice that maybe those who are new to IM could benefit from. So I'll start please feel free to add. Tip #1: GET A DAY JOB FIRST I see a lot of people who are new to IM coming here saying "I'm broke and need money, how do I get rich". Well the first thing you need is a real job. To make it in IM it takes a while as well as some money to get started. Software, captchas, proxies, domains, hosting etc. can add up pretty quickly. You're not gonna make anything when you first start, and you definitely shouldn't expect to be able to pay your bills with it. So the first thing you need to do if you are new to IM is get a real job, learn the ropes, build up your money and eventually dive in full time if you begin to do well. Tip #2: FOCUS ON ONE ASPECT OF IM AND THEN MOVE ON When I first started IM I would jump around from idea to idea. Whether it was Adsense, CPA, Amazon, etc. or Article Marketing, PPC etc I would jump from idea to idea never really dedicating any time to one project or mastering it. I ended up half-assing a lot of things that got me nowhere quick. So my advice here would be pick an aspect of IM, master it, make some cash, and then expand. Tip #3: ALWAYS EXPERIMENT ON YOUR OWN In IM and especially the SEO aspect of it there is a lot of misinformation. Just because some guru tells you something works or doesn't work doesn't mean that it is true. Take everything you read with a grain of salt, and split test on your own. I feel sometimes people just take things they read to be truth and thus miss a lot of amazing opportunities. Experiment on your own and find out for yourself. That is the only way you will learn. I will add some other ideas later but would like to see what others say. Hopefully these will help some newbs to IM get started.